Start your tour at the Assumption Cave Monastery before making your way to Izborsk to explore its fortress. Take a stroll to the lake, see Slavonic springs, and visit the place of the original settlement.
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Visit one of the most famous monasteries in Russia that has never been closed since its foundation in the 15th century-Assumption Cave Monastery.
Proceed to Izborsk, which used to be an important fortress and a center for crafts and international trade. While here, visit the 14th century fortress, walk to the lake and feed swans that live there, see Slavonic Springs (waterfalls with miracle working water), and visit the original settlement site.
Enjoy wonderful views of the village.
Entrance tickets to Izborsk fortress. Their cost is 100 rubles (that's less than 2 dollars) for adults; 50 rubles (about 1 dollar) for students and retired people, and 30 rubles (half a dollar) for children
Know before you go
If you want to visit the underground caves of Pechory Assumption monastery, you will need to send a prior request. The guide will help you do it. Usually people leave a donation when visiting the caves. It is up to you to decide how much you wish to donate.
Options: Not far from Izborsk are several other places of interest to visit, such as The Seto People’s Homestead Museum, which tells about the culture and the way of life of the small in number Seto People; a honey apiary where you can learn about the life of bees and will be treated with tea and honey. You can also enjoy a Russian retro cars exhibition. It all involves extra expenses.
Anna is a most personable and engaging person to spend time with, and she knows her stuff extremely well. The tour I had with her was tailored to my interests, which she had discussed with me in advance; and what I got was no theme-park version of Pskov - she is a true ambassador for the place - its history, its natural beauty and its deep and rich culture. Anna introduced me to local experts who could take me further into specific interests I had, and she translated when they had little or no English. Not only did I learn a great deal about what I was hoping to find out about, but as the day wore on, I learned far more than I'd started out having in mind. Whatever came up she opened up further to me. So Anna opened doors for me, and we packed into one day more than I could have done on my own in a week - if ever. She is an active member of her community, too, so that she speaks with passion and conviction about cultural matters in a way that left me with the sense of having spent a day seeing the inside of the place - not just seeing sites of interest to a tourist, but gaining a sense of how it is and has been for those living in and around Pskov. This was a rich and thought-provoking experience, a glimpse inside another world, and if I can get back to Pskov I will certainly seek out Anna to show me around more of this fascinating place. Having had an experience of being shown around like that, it seems crazy now to go all that way and then just blunder about in your own almost total ignorance. Anna is a wonderful investment - I'd say just about indispensable - for a person wanting to discover this wonderful and remote part of the world.
Not only is Anna very knowledgeable, conscientious and professional, but she also is a wonderful interpreter, artisitically revealing the heart and soul of Pskov, Izborsk and environs (and not without tact and even, when needed, a little humor)! You can't go wrong with Anna. She's a gem!